Best Pet Shops

Pet stores sell all the essentials, novelties, and extras to keep your pet happy and healthy. In addition to pet items, some pet stores will have animals available for adoption, but overall, they’re not supposed to breed animals for the purpose of selling them. Continue Reading...

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The Vet Shed

The Vet Shed

4.9  (1,374) Summary
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Valli.
Valli.
  Online store
Reliable/ Good savingsWas looking at online shops for my dogs and found the reviews on this site was mostly positive and not a scam site. Gave them a go and was happy that delivery was made without any hic cups. Definitely made a saving on products purchased.
Barney Bed

Barney Bed

4.9  (535) Summary
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Anika
Anika
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Not as advertisedBed is stiff and “crunchy”. Whats worse is it ripped at the seams within weeks. It’s honestly the worst bed I’ve ever purchased. I emailed the company and they only offered 25% discount for next purchase. What happened to their guarantee?? lol. Kinda a scam. Show details
The Brooklyn

The Brooklyn

4.8  (432) Summary
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Theresa S.
Theresa S.
 
Great bed and greater serviceHad an issue with one bed. Brooklyn was extremely helpful resolving the issue. My dog LOVES her new bed! Show details
Pupnaps

Pupnaps

4.7  (674) Summary
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Lisa
LisaVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC2 posts
 
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Aquatic Supplies Australia

Aquatic Supplies Australia

4.9  (212) Summary
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Jessica H.
Jessica H.NSWSydney, NSW
 
Great company - great serviceI highly recommend this company for all your aquatic supplies - they stand behind their products and their service is second to none - thank you. Show details
Pet Chemist

Pet Chemist 🏆 2024

4.7  (2,722) Summary
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Wendy Dahlenburg
Wendy Dahlenburg
 
ServiceAbsolutely disappointed with the service. I was relying on the auto delivery of the Hills urinary & metabolic care food for my dog. The delivery was cancelled a couple of times and still have not received the bag of food.
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Petstock

Petstock

4.7  (2,758) Summary
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Jacqueline F
Jacqueline FWAPerth, WA2 posts
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My pet stuffHandy location with plenty of varied stock items. Cool comfortable store Show details ·  1
My Pet Warehouse

My Pet Warehouse

4.7  (1,263) Summary
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ann
annQLDFar North Queensland, QLD3 posts
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Vetsupply.com.au

Vetsupply.com.au

4.6  (1,357) Summary
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Frustrated
FrustratedNSWIllawarra, NSW7 posts
 
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City Farmers

City Farmers

4.8  (233) Summary
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Nadia
Nadia WAPerth, WA7 posts
 
Happy birthdayHappy birthday Amber what an amazing young lady who always greets me with a big smile her customer service is excellent just to say Thankyou and happy birthday the Spearwood staff are the best making sure my fur babies have the best Show details
Budget Pet Products

Budget Pet Products 🏆 2024

4.6  (3,655) Summary
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Fi Flaws
Fi FlawsQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD
  Verified Online store
Poor deliveryThe product is great. Delivery left outside in the rain which was too heavy to lift as it was 30 kg pf Kitty litter. Show details
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Sash Beds

Sash Beds

4.9  (118) Summary
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Olivia
OliviaTownsville4 posts
  Verified
Bes Dog BedI researched beds for my sons elderly Rhodesian Ridgeback. Sash Beds came out on top! It arrived yesterday & the old lady LOVES it! This is a perfect purchase! Show details
Pawezy

Pawezy

4.5  (459) Summary
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Chris
Chris
 
Amazing! Highly recommend this brandLove this! So comfortable and looks amazing!! So much better than other similar brands. Show details ·  1
Olly's Box

Olly's Box

4.7  (143) Summary
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Steph d
Steph dSAMetropolitan Adelaide, SA5 posts
  Fair Incentive
Monthly surprisesI’m loving ollys box as it’s a present for my babies. All 4 dogs love the treats and toys. And my third delivery I’ll get a free pet cam Show details ·  2
Petbarn

Petbarn

4.4  (3,831) Summary
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Sam H
Sam HNSWSydney, NSW2 posts
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Vets Love Pets

Vets Love Pets

4.7  (131) Summary
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jason
jason2 posts
 
Excellent customer service, care and supportThe support we received after requesting a return due to our dog passing was exemplary. We were impressed by the timely, caring and positive responses Show details ·  1
Pawssum

Pawssum

4.4  (414) Summary
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RhondyB
RhondyBVICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC2 posts
 
Dog Friendly Co.

Dog Friendly Co.

4.4  (292) Summary
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Gail
Gail
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Pet Circle

Pet Circle

4.2  (8,040) Summary
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Janet D.
Janet D.WAPerth, WA
 
Easy orderingQuick and easy website to navigate. Fast delivery. Would highly recommend Show details ·  1
Petpost

Petpost

4.2  (199) Summary
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Gill
GillWAPerth, WA17 posts
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Rachal
Rachal3 posts
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La Luna Pet Care

La Luna Pet Care

4.0  (665) Summary
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Hunter
Hunter2 posts
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PetO

PetO

4.1  (88) Summary
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Andrew
AndrewNSWSydney Surrounds, NSW10 posts
 
JumboPets

JumboPets

4.1  (78) Summary
Mish
Mish6 posts
 
Sassy Treats

Sassy Treats

4.6  (34) Summary
Wendy
WendyNSWSydney, NSW
  Online store
It’s wonderfulmy dog to improve his anal glands he now goes five weeks between cleaning and improving Show details ·  1
Betta Pet Systems

Betta Pet Systems

4.9  (27) Summary
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Kathy A.
Kathy A.VICGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC
 
Not What I OrderedQuality overall is good. However I must say when I spend $2500 on an enclosure, I’d appreciate the accessories being the colour I asked for! Small issue to some but $2500 is a lot of money to me and I expect my order to be 100%. Show details
Riff Raff Pets

Riff Raff Pets

5.0  (24) Summary
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Kath
KathNSWIllawarra, NSW
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Highly recommend!Fast service, great quality item and my boy took to his ‘Frankie’ on his very first night. Highly recommend! Show details ·  1
Vet Products Direct

Vet Products Direct

4.0  (45) Summary
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Ben H.
Ben H.QLDFar North Queensland, QLD4 posts
  Online store
Dog worming tabletsProduct arrived exactly as described great service fast delivery quicker than expected Show details
Pet Snacks

Pet Snacks

4.6  (22) Summary
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Cassandra
CassandraNSWSydney, NSW
 
My Puppy Pomeranian loves her beef tendons!I have a small Pomeranian so finding a smaller size dental chew that isn’t processed garbage can be difficult, the beef tendons are perfect. She absolutely loves them! Show details
Pet Care Pharmacy

Pet Care Pharmacy

4.8  (18) Summary
Anne and Adam
Anne and AdamGosford31 posts
 
super reliable - very fast shippingour dog has epilepsy so it's important that he get his meds on a regular schedule. We've found Pet Care Pharmacy to be super fast and reliable in getting our order sent out and their have competitive prices too. Show details

Specialised pet store vs general supermarket

Pet stores carry a greater variety of items and brands, with some pet stores carrying as many as 100+ pet food brands. On the other hand, supermarkets do stock some items for pets, but they are limited - only enough to fill a few shelves in an aisle.

If you’re unsure of whether you can pick up an item for your pet during a quick mid-week grocery shop, or whether you’ll need to schedule a trip to a pet store, consult with the table below.

Pet storeSupermarket
Extensive range of pet food brandsLimited pet food
Broad range of medication + pet supplementsBasic medication
Dedicated pet insuranceBroad insurance that also covers pets
Accessories and pet training suppliesSome pet accessories
Services such as pet washes
Option to adopt animals

What are pet items?

happy dog with toys

Pet items and supplies sold by pet stores can be summed up into the following:

  • Food: dry, wet, vet prescription diets.
  • Medication: flea, tick and worm control, antiseptic, toothpaste + supplements such as rose hip powder, stress relief spray.
  • Grooming: shampoo, soap, scissors, shears.
  • Cleaning: carpet cleaning, laundry detergent, odor remover, multi-surface cleaner.
  • Training: vibrating collars, clickers and harnesses.
  • Pet accessories: standard collars, leashes, leads.
  • General supplies: feeding bowls, plastic bags to clean up any mess while going out for a walk.

Pet store services

Other than selling pet supplies, some pet stores also offer services catering to the needs of pets.

  • Dog washing: Some pet stores, such as City Farmers, offer a mobile dog wash service that travels to your home. In addition to washing your pets until they’re cleaning and sparkling, mobile dog washes often provide extra services such as nail clipping, flea rinses, and an ear and paw pad treatment.
  • Puppy school: this involves taking your puppy to training sessions, in which your pet will become socialised and trained to learn skills, such as toilet training, walking on a lead, and following basic commands such as ‘sit’, ‘drop’, and ‘wait’.
  • Pet education: Many pet stores will also have articles and videos on their website for free, that pet owners can consult for handy tips and tricks on how to train and take care of their pets.

How much is a dog at a pet store?

The price of a dog from a pet store will depend on various factors, including age and breed of the dog. Certain dog breeds are considered to be more valuable than others and thus will be more expensive.

  • Pure breed: A pure breed dog, such as a French bulldog, will set you back by around 5 to 10k. Pure breed dogs are harder to find on traditional adoption sites, as they are highly sought after. You'll most commonly find a pure breed dog on specific breeder sites.
  • Mixed breed: Cross-breed dogs are common in animal shelters and will usually cost around $200 to $400. Animal adoption agencies are eager to find dogs a new home, so it's rare to find cross-breed dogs for more than $400.

Some pet stores have animals available for adoption or will facilitate pet adoption via third party organisations.

Many adopted dogs will also come already microchipped and vaccinated, as this is the standard procedure once stray dogs are brought into a shelter.

Depending on how old your dog is, you’ll need to spend money on getting your dog de-sexed (if you don’t want your dog to reproduce), which can cost around $300 to $500.

What do pet owners spend the most money on?

Initial costs

According to moneysmart.gov.au, you can expect to pay between $3,000 and $6000 within the first year of owning a pet.

Some of these costs will include getting your pet microchipped, vaccinated and/or de-sexed. Other initial costs include purchasing pet essentials, such as a pet bed, feeding bowl, kennel, pet insurance, etc.

Ongoing costs

After these initial costs, the most significant amount of money pet owners spend will be on food. On average, a pet owner spends around $800 a year on premium pet food. A common challenge faced by pet owners is searching for a brand and type of pet food that's affordable, yet still addresses the nutritional needs of your dog or your cat.

Another aspect that some pet owners might have to spend a significant amount of money on is vet bills. Depending on why your pet is in hospital, you could be looking at spending a large amount of money. However, choosing the right pet insurance for you and your pet may take a weight off your shoulders, and could also save you money in the long-run.

Pet store etiquette

Salesman and woman holding dog in pet store

Buying pet supplies from an online store offers the convenience of not having to leave the house, but sometimes you’d rather go into a physical store in person so you can check for yourself whether an item is suitable or not.

So if you’re planning on visiting a pet store, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Unless the store clarifies otherwise, don’t bring your pet - especially if you’re purchasing pet supplies from a supermarket. If you want to bring your pal along for a little adventure to the store, the following stores are pet-friendly and happy to welcome your pet in-store.

Of course, there are still some limitations. In general, ‘pet-friendly’ usually refers to being welcome to conventional pets like cats and dogs, as opposed to the wild possum you rescued on the side of the road.

Some stores also enforce rules, such as requiring that you keep your dog leashed at all times, or secured in a trolley. To be sure of what you can and can’t do; it’s best to consult with the online website or call up the store in advance.

Popular pet-friendly stores

  • Petbarn: is pet friendly, the store only requires that your dog is leashed while inside the store.
  • PETstock: feel free to bring along your dog or cat, as customers have been told they can bring their pets with them.
  • Bunnings: Not a pet store, but bunnings stocks some pet items, and is known to allow ‘friendly’ pets to be brought into the store - but they must either be secured in a vehicle or trolley or carried around the store.
  • Best Friends Pet Store: Their website states that ‘pets are as welcome as their owners.’

Conclusion

Overall, pet stores offer all the items you need to keep your best friend happy and healthy. Whether you’re stopping by to pick up a bag of dog food, or bringing in your pet for a wash, many pet stores are convenient, one-stop shops for everything your pet might require.

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